“Discipleship is about death to the old Adam and the resurrection of a new man, who lives before God by faith and before the world in love that serves the neighbor.”
– John Pless, Luther’s Small Catechism: A Manual for Discipleship
Why a Learning Hour? Christ called His followers to know the truth that would set them free, and the Bible repeatedly warns us not to fall prey to teaching that is attractive but empty. The Learning Hour feeds our minds and hearts on goodness and truth, helping us to better understand our faith and better resist the many things that would pull us away from the Gospel. Spending time together in God’s Word is also a great way to develop deeper friendships.
A typical Learning Hour class Courses range from a half dozen to fifty people, and some have a video component while others rely on group discussion or a main speaker. Leaders and participants are generally friendly, and would love to have you join them no matter how much you do or don’t know about the Bible.
FALL 2019 Learning Hour Classes (9:45 Sundays)
Sept. 8 – guest speaker Dr. James Voelz - Where do our modern English Bibles come from? Dr. Voelz will provide examples of ancient manuscripts and explain how they are pieced together and interpreted, resulting in the Bible we study and revere today.
9/29-11/24 – Exploring Our Faith - Pastor Naumann takes participants through an overview of the Bible and of Lutheran teaching. Great for both current and prospective members, the class ends with an opportunity for church orientation and membership.
9/29-11/24 – Galatians - Jesse Hogue leads this video-based course on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Ample time is included for group discussion. This class is geared towards Bible students of all ages and experience levels.
Bible Q & A - Pastor Toman shares reference and study resources; answers questions posed by participants about the Bible, Lutheran theology, and related topics; and facilitates discussion.
Parenting - Matt and Brenda Heintz lead this class on Christian parenting and family life.
12/1-12/22 – The Shape of Worship - The church’s pastors guide this four-week exploration of the structure of a traditional worship service, explaining how the various components are derived from the Bible, are intended to instruct and inform our faith, and work together to form a beautiful and life-giving architecture for the Christian life.
Jesus teaches us wherever we go, and discipleship truly extends beyond the classroom and sanctuary into every part of a Christian’s life. Here are a few opportunities to consider at SMLC:
Small Groups - Small Groups are where faith can be formed and put to use in an informal, caring community. Studying the Bible and talking about what matters, these groups have a variety of different meeting times, locations, and specialties. For more information, see mightymessengers.org/smallgroups.
Apologetics Events - Drs. Timothy and Lydia McGrew are authors and advocates of Christian apologetics who give occasional talks at St. Michael. Both are also speakers at the Growing Deeper Roots conference held at Lighthouse Church on October 4-5. See growingdeeperroots.org
Other Conferences - Our church’s members attend several conferences throughout the year, including Luther Hostel, the Michigan District Theological Conference, and others. Contact the church office for details. A few recommended conferences this year:
- The Body of Christ in the Public Square, Oct 12, 2019 (bodyofchrist2019.eventbrite.com)
- Legacy: Reclaiming a Lost Generation, Feb 1, 2020 (LCMS Michigan District Theological Conf.)
More Resources for Individuals or Groups
- Podcasts: KFUO and other Confessional Lutheran podcasts abound on iTunes
- Around the Word devotions online
- CPH’s Small Catechism app
- So many great books:
- Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey
- Portals of Prayer
- Book of Concord
- A Martyr’s Faith in a Faithless World
- Religion on Trial
- Clearly Christian